Class Conflict in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

Class Conflict in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

by Claudia Durst Johnson

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VOYA - Christine Sanderson
Each volume in this series comprises a collection of essays that explore an acclaimed literary work through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it. Racism is the focus of two volumes, including Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Additional volumes include an examination of gender roles in Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, women's issues in The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, and industrialism in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Each book contains three chapters: the background of the author, the work and the issue reflected in it, and contemporary perspectives on that issue. Racism in To Kill a Mockingbird looks at all sides of the topic, acknowledging that some applaud the novel's stand against racism while others take issue with its portrayal of African Americans as the helpless mockingbird. Contemporary perspectives include articles discussing the ongoing problems faced by minorities in American society. In Class Conflict in The Great Gatsby, essays include an examination of class snobbery in the author's life and the role of social class in the portrayal of the novel's female characters. Contemporary perspectives feature essays comparing modern society to that of the 1920s including Twenty-First-Century Flappers and The Criminal Class. Each volume contains discussion questions suitable for classroom use. This series would be an outstanding addition to high school libraries. Reviewer: Christine Sanderson
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up- Emphasizing the social forces at work during the 1920s' Jazz Age, these essays by literary scholars add important insight into Fitzgerald's classic novel. Discussing such major themes as the American Dream, class consciousness, and social change in the aftermath of World War I, the book guides readers through The Great Gatsby with short, focused essays. The editor brings the topic into the 21st century by ending with essays on current class conflict written by college students and professional journalists. This volume is a good choice for teachers emphasizing higher-level critical-thinking topics connecting classic American literature to today's issues. Students looking for ideas and literary criticism to generate or support a thesis will find a wealth of possibilities here.-Kathy Lehman, Thomas Dale High School Library, Chester, VA

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Greenhaven Publishing
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Social Issues in Literature Series
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9.00(w) x 8.99(h) x 1.00(d)
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15 - 17 Years

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